Thomas Tayebwa, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament has called for joint efforts from Ugandans if we are to end road accidents in the country. According to official figures, thousands lose their lives in road crashes.
The 2021 police Annual Report showed that 17,443 died in road accidents in the mentioned year.
Tayebwa made these remarks as he saw off road activist Joseph Beyanga commonly known as Joe Walker. Joe will be trekking with his friends to Mbale in a road safety campaign.
Tayebwa said road safety requires joint efforts and is not for only a select few.
Some of the “VIPs” who were blamed to be part of these crash messes received a warning from the Deputy Speaker. He urged them to be very cautious as they drive since they are not the only people on the road.
Tayebwa apparently awarded Joe and his friends shs5 million to cater for their needs during the 250 km road safety walk. Furthermore, the trek is happening under the theme “Too Young to Die.”
“Accidents, issues of the environment, these are issues you can’t shoot down with a gun. You cannot say we are going to deploy tanks. You have to deploy all the might of the community into people’s hearts to appreciate. This gives us a challenge as parliament,” Tayebwa said.
On Beyanga’s side, he said that coupled with other walkers, they are more than prepared for the challenge ahead of them.
“Joe Walker and friends are this year going to Mbale and why are we going to Mbale this time? If you look at Uganda, we have two of the most deadly highways and they are recognized as the most deadly highways. If you’re looking at Kampala to Mbale, that’s the Eastern route. Secondly, it is followed by the Kampala Masaka to Mbarara highway. We want to go to Mbale because we want to highlight on that,” Beyanga said.
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